We are unfashioned creatures, but half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than ourselves – such a friend ought to be – do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak and faulty natures.
Women can enter into friendship with a man perfectly well; but in order to maintain it the aid of a little physical antipathy is perhaps required.[Frauen können recht gut mit einem Manne Freundschaft schliessen; aber um diese aufrecht zu erhalten – dazu muss wohl eine kleine physische Antipathie mithelfen.]
There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow-creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.
The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.
People haven’t time to learn anything. They buy things ready-made in stores. But since there are no stores where you can buy friends, people no longer have friends.[translation by Richard Howard]Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more.[translation by Katherine Woods][Les hommes n’ont plus le temps de rien connaître. Il achètent des choses toutes faites chez les marchands. Mais comme il n’existe point de marchands d’amis, les hommes n’ont plus d’amis.]